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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends provided by SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends

Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
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Tour snapshot
Explore Edinburgh at its most atmospheric on a night tour 
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
20
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    20
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
The atmospheric city of Edinburgh is best explored by night, when tales of mystery and murder are at their most frightening. Discover the dark side of Scotland's capital on a historical walking tour that covers Edinburgh’s morbid past. Wind your way through the cobbled streets of Calton Hill, North Bridge, and Canongate cemetery, all of which are inaccessible by coach bus or car, and listen to stories that focus on torture, treason, and death.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, Spanish
Highlights
  • Delve into the dark history of Scotland's capital 
  • See Edinburgh landmarks illuminated by night
  • Visit the Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery
What to expect
  • Your evening tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town. Greet your guide and receive an introduction to the city’s dark history. Wind your way down the cobbled streets surrounding Calton Hill and North Bridge, beneath which lies the Blair Street Vaults. Discover tales of torture and treason interspersed with stories of pagan festivals and dramatic historical events. Get acquainted with the deceased residents of Canongate cemetery, and discover the truth behind the gruesome exploits of Burke and Hare, the notorious Edinburgh grave robbers. Your tour concludes on the Royal Mile.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Delve into the dark history of Scotland's capital 
  • See Edinburgh landmarks illuminated by night
  • Visit the Old Calton Burial Ground or Canongate Kirkyard cemetery
What to expect
  • Your evening tour begins at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh Old Town. Greet your guide and receive an introduction to the city’s dark history. Wind your way down the cobbled streets surrounding Calton Hill and North Bridge, beneath which lies the Blair Street Vaults. Discover tales of torture and treason interspersed with stories of pagan festivals and dramatic historical events. Get acquainted with the deceased residents of Canongate cemetery, and discover the truth behind the gruesome exploits of Burke and Hare, the notorious Edinburgh grave robbers. Your tour concludes on the Royal Mile.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6785EDGHOST
Call +65 6670 9674
Important information
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • 130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK The tours starts at 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close. Look for the Red Umbrellas!
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Children up to 13 years old are welcome to join this tour for free. We reserve the right to ask for a valid ID for children joining our tours. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • We unfortunately do not advise guests in wheelchairs to join the Dark Side Tour, due to the narrow stairways and steep hills. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • 130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK The tours starts at 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close. Look for the Red Umbrellas!
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Children up to 13 years old are welcome to join this tour for free. We reserve the right to ask for a valid ID for children joining our tours. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • We unfortunately do not advise guests in wheelchairs to join the Dark Side Tour, due to the narrow stairways and steep hills. We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 15 Jul 2020
A note from Edinburgh Darkside Walking Tour: Mysteries, Murder and Legends
- Breaks will be shortended - Guests are encouraged to bring own masks - Guests will be required to provide personal details (name, phone) - Smaller groups to ensure appropriate social distance - Tour group picture will no longer be taken
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    130 High St
    130 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1QS, UK
    The tours starts at 130 High Street (The Royal Mile), on the corner with Stevenlaw's Close. Look for the Red Umbrellas!
    See address & details
  • 1
    Royal Mile
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    North Bridge
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Calton Hill
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Old Calton Burial Ground
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Canongate Kirk
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Edinburgh Old Town
  • You'll return to the starting point
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TeaAnCrumpetz
Stockton Heath, UK10 contributions
Eva’s enthusiasm for the city and its stories really made the tour - would recommend, even on a cold and rainy January evening!
Written 16 January 2022
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Alex M
1 contribution
Really enjoyed this tour, Eva was an excellent tour guide and had lots of interesting stories to tell about the dark side of Edinburgh, some of which I'd heard on other tours, but most of them I hadn't :) Would certainly recommend :)
Written 15 January 2022
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Leah
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Friends
This was an excellent tour! Very historical. Jen was a wonderful and very knowledgeable tour guide! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
Written 14 January 2022
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Garbhoy
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Family
Angus was l funny, entertaining and informative. Lost 2 people on the tour though.... #pray4Texas 🤣
Written 10 January 2022
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EOC
Bethesda, UK10 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
A great, fun activity to do on a cold January evening. Angus was brilliant, he's very knowledgeable, funny and obviously loves his job which makes all the difference on these tours.
We were able to take our dog Bailey along too which is a huge plus point for those of us travelling with dogs, a lot of the other tours don't allow them to tag along unfortunately.
All in all a great choice for a walking tour of Edinburgh, highly recommended.
Written 9 January 2022
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Molly A
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Couples
Angus was amazing! Even though it was freezing it was a great way to get shown around the city and hear some great stories. Thanks for a fab evening!
Written 8 January 2022
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Catherine Y Tang
5 contributions
Jan 2022
Angus the guide is definitely an ambassador of the Scottish story-telling culture. It rained when we did the tour but thanks to the carefully-planned route, the fun and creepy (but real!) stories, the humour and the highly interactive nature of the evening, I had some of my best time in Edinburgh. Shout out to Angus again and I'd definitely recommend everyone to explore the darker bits of the city with him.
Written 2 January 2022
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Leanne O
Birmingham, UK206 contributions
Angus was amazing, friendly and funny What more can a solo traveler need. The wall was 2hrs+ of enjoyment and informative. It’s not suitable for wheelchair users or children, well I wouldn’t take mine (10 & 5). Each to their own. A few hilly paths n many steps too. Weatherproof coats is essential. 5/5
Written 1 January 2022
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Tracy Tao
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Friends
Absolutely brilliant! Jen was stellar! Fell in love with Edinburgh because of this trip. If you are fond of mysterious stories, detective & crime series, forensic science, etc, this is a trip that you should never give it a miss! I’m from China and her English is easy to understand. The story-telling captivated me in the very beginning when we entered the Calton graveyard, and I became so consumed in those stories. Enjoyed every bit of it!
Written 31 December 2021
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MarcusJM
Edinburgh, UK48 contributions
Angus was fabulous, bringing Edinburgh alive with stories and humour. Really friendly and knowledgeable. A must do for any visit.
Written 30 December 2021
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Great tour!
This tour was a great way to spend a couple of hours learning about both JK Rowling’s inspiration throughout her wr
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Excellent
We did the tour this morning with Mason he was amazing really knew his stuff and spend time getting to know us all
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Funny and informative tour
Good worth! Worth the money. You get see a lot of Edinburgh and hear about both the history of Harry Potter and The
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SANDEMANs Free Walking Tour
This is a great free tour. My tour guide was Angus, who was funny, informative and shared great history. The tour f
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Free walking tour was amazing - Angus is a great guide!
We did the free walking tour with Angus and he was amazing! Tour was informative, interesting and fun. Definitely r
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TOP TIER TOUR!
Really fantastic tour and Sam made it more fun with a Hogwart’s House Cup game throughout the tour! Very knowledgea
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An awesome introduction
I went on the free tour guided by Angus and he was a joy. Due to COVID, it was a slightly abridged version of the t
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Guide never showed up
I only rated it one star because it won’t let me give it a zero. We came to Edinburgh excited for this tour and we’
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Great, funny and informative. Eva was brilliant..
We did the Edinburgh free tour with Eva. She was brilliant. Informative, funny and we learnt loads of new stuff.
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Great experience
Kieran was a great guide! The 2 hours went by very quickly. This tour was so much fun and educational. I recomme
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Sandemanns tours are the best
I live in Edinburgh and take all my visitors on Sandemanns free walking tour. Eva was the best guide ever! I also t
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Brilliant walking tour!
The free city walking tour was fantastic. We did the 2pm one on a Sunday, it lasted around an hour and a half which
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no show
booked in advance and the tour guide didnt show up, we waited patientlly in the rain for almost half an hour before
dixrosie
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Great walking tour
Fantastic walking tour with Angus who was super knowledgeable about Edinburgh and could answer any questions we had
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Informative historical tour
We did the free walking tour of Edinburgh. Rollo was very informative, engaging and enthusiastic, and gave us some
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